Point Molate

Council member Jeff Ritterman responds

I applaud the efforts of the developer Jim Levine to make the Point Molate project environmentally friendly. I applaud the efforts of Citizens for East Shore Parks, CESP, for its efforts to negotiate the preservation and restoration of the north Richmond shoreline as a condition of dropping their lawsuit and allowing the Point Molate casino to move forward. I believe that preservation and restoration of our wetlands is essential. Despite these positive developments, however, I remain concerned that a large casino will be bad for…

The law behind gaming at Point Molate

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians may have an opportunity to open a casino at Point Molate, but the tribe’s path to prosperity relies on a maze of state and federal regulations and the approval of the country’s secretary of the interior.

County unanimous in support for casino

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reversed its stance and voted in favor of the Point Molate resort complex. The county is guaranteed $12 million a year as soon as construction starts.

Local casino opposition crumbling

Opposition to a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Richmond is collapsing as casino backers hand over promises for millions of dollars, thousands of jobs and major environmental concessions.

Before Napa, there was Winehaven

Between the San Pablo Bay and a steep ridge lined with eucalyptus trees sits a lone burgundy fortress. Sharp-eyed commuters on the San Rafael Bridge may wonder what this structure is, with its turrets and crenellated parapets.  At its feet, a long, narrow wharf stretches across the water toward San Quentin. The Vallejo ferry passes by the secluded promontory every day, but never makes a stop. A road runs through the crumbling premises, but a fence bars would-be explorers from…